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Lessons learned the hard way

Updated: March 15, 2011, 2:11 PM ET
By David Hunter Jones | Bassmaster.com

TAVARES, Fla. -- It's been said that the best lessons are the hardest ones learned.

If that's true, Jonathon VanDam went to school in his debut Elite event. His mistake didn't cost him cash or a cut, but it did wake him up to what could be lost in the high-stakes events.

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Jonathon VanDam (JVD) has the confidence of a 10-year veteran, and he seems to have the skills to back it up.

In 2009, he won a Northern Open on Lake Erie, ...

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